Early voter turnout high in Netherlands elections

Voters in The Hague, 15 Mar 2017
Voters in The Hague, 15 Mar 2017. Photo: @GemeenteDenHaag / Twitter

Update 2: By 3:45 p.m., research firm Ipsos indicated that about 43 percent of the Netherlands had cast their ballots, compared to 37 percent in 2012. Ipsos based their report on sampling data gathered at 43 polling places around the country. Meanwhile, the city of Hoorn, Noord-Holland, reported a 53-percent turnout at 5 p.m., with Utrecht reporting 50 percent just a half-hour earlier. Rotterdam and Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, both were above 44 percent at the same time. In Groningen, voter turnout was down slightly to 51 percent at 4:30 p.m. 

Update: As of 1:45 p.m. about a third of the Netherlands cast their votes, according to Ipsos. That's much higher than the 27 percent turnout at the same time during the 2012 election. According to Ipsos researchers, this suggests a high turnout similar to the 2006 election, in which over 80 percent of Dutch voters showed up at the polling stations. Amsterdam was among the cities with much higher turnout than in 2012. Nearly 26 percent of eligible voters there had cast ballots as of 2 p.m.

By midmorning on Wednesday the voter turnout for the parliamentary elections was higher than it was for the previous election in 2012. According to a survey by Ipsos, by 10:30 a.m. 15 percent of voters cast their votes, compared to 13 percent at the same time in the 2012 election, the Telegraaf reports.

The Ipsos survey is based on 43 selected polling stations throughout the Netherlands. Each voter is counted at those stations.

Dutch municipalities also started releasing voter turnout figures, and so far most are higher than in the 2012 election. By 10:00 a.m. 12 percent of voters in The Hague cast their votes, compared to 11.3 percent in 2012. Rotterdam had a 12.3 percent turnout by 10:05 a.m., though did not release figures for the previous election. No figures from Amsterdam or Utrecht yet. 

In Breda there was a  12.9 percent turnout by 10:00 a.m., compared to 12.3 percent. Dordrecht saw a big increase - 15.95 percent compared to 10.1 percent. In Ameland a massive 35 percent of voters already cast their vote by 11:00 a.m.